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Iron Jacket (unknown–1858)

Robert Lee Williamson Biography Entry

Iron Jacket (Po-hebitsquash, Pro-he-bits-quash-a, Po-bish-e-quasho) was a Comanche chieftain and medicine man to whom the Indians attributed the power to blow approaching missiles aside with his breath. His name probably resulted from his practice of wearing a Spanish-type coat of mail into battle. On May 12, 1858, the jacket failed to protect him, and he was killed on the bank of the South Canadian River in a battle with a combined force of Texas Rangers and Brazos Reservation Indians led by John S. Ford and Shapley P. Ross.

John S. Ford, Memoirs (MS, John Salmon Ford Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). Rupert N. Richardson, The Comanche Indians, 1820–1861 (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas, 1928).

Categories:

  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Chiefs and Other Leaders

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Lee Williamson, “Iron Jacket,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 21, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/iron-jacket.

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